Over 60 Highlands and Islands businesses are today taking centre stage at the renewable energy sector’s key exhibition and conference. Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s HI-energy and Energy of Orkney Pavilions will have the biggest regional presence at All-Energy in Aberdeen.
The 14th All-Energy Conference and Exhibition starts this morning at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Last year 606 companies from 17 countries exhibited at the event, which attracted almost 8,000 delegates.
Senior Development Manager for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Norma Hogan said: “This is going to be a packed day for the companies exhibiting on the HI-energy and Energy of Orkney Pavilions. Companies from the length and breadth of the Highlands and Islands are here. All-Energy is an integral part of the business calendar for the renewable energy sector, and it represents an ideal opportunity for these companies to meet like-minded people from the renewable energy sector across the globe. Innovation and expertise are the hallmarks of these businesses and if previous years are anything to go by, our Pavilions will be busy venues at All-Energy.”
There is also a wide ranging conference programme, including a number of sessions in the Wave and Tidal theatre next to the HI-energy and Energy of Orkney Pavilions.
Calum Davidson, Director of Energy and Low Carbon, HIE, will start off the sessions on each day in the Wave and Tidal theatre, with Johnny Gowdy of South West Marine Energy Park.
Mr Davidson commented: “We’ve been working closely for many years with a number of companies represented on our Pavilion at All-Energy. It is great to see them here in such numbers to take up the opportunity to exhibit and also to attend key sessions at the conference. There has never been a more exciting time for the renewable energy sector, with consents going ahead for the Beatrice and MORL offshore wind projects and the start of Europe’s largest tidal array in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters.”